Government

About 500,000 "too poor" for health insurance without Medicaid expansion

October 14, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About 500,000 North Carolina residents earning less than 100 percent of the poverty level will not qualify for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The plan was written under the assumption that group would receive benefits through the Medicaid expansion, which was rejected by North Carolina along with 25 other states.

State unemployment agency lays off 353

October 14, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A $25 million reduction in state and federal funding led the state agency that provides support to job seekers to lay off 353 workers over the past several months. The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions spread out the layoffs between May and September to lessen the impact.

DHHS will resume funding WIC program

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement Thursday that says it has secured additonal funds to continue issuing WIC vouchers to low-income mothers and young children, reversing a statement Tuesday that said the state would have to stop funding the program due to the federal shutdown.  

NC DOT taking bids for another Outer Banks bridge project

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation has begun soliciting bids to build a bridge that would elevate 2.4 miles of N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Island, in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pending state and federal approval, construction on the $124 million project could begin in early 2014. 

State cuts funding for disabled workers amid shutdown

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Health and Human Services told 140 employment services agencies it has run out of grant money to pay their contracts, leaving workers with disabilities who are training for new jobs or work with assistants at home as of Wednesday.

ECSU student wins city council seat based on unofficial returns

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A student from Elizabeth City State University who originally was denied the right to run for local office has won one of two seats on the 4th Ward City Council, according to unofficial preliminary returns. The North Carolina Board of Elections gave permission for Montravias King to run for city council after his bid was initially denied by the Pasquotank County elections board. 

Local Democrats call for removal of two Watauga elections board members

October 10, 2013

(The Watauga Democrat)

Three Watuaga County Democrats have filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections asking for removal of the president and secretary of the local Board of Elections based on recent actions they claim are unethical.  The elections board received national attention this past summer for its decision to remove polls from the campus of Appalachian State University, a decision they later overturned.

Legislators frustrated after DHHS meeting

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Legislators met with leaders of the state Department of Health and Human Services for about nine hours on Tuesday, but left without answers to questions about when problems with the Medicaid claims payment system would be fixed. Many legislators also seemed unsatisfied with DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos' explanation about recent hiring decisions including several McCrory campaign staffers.

State Republican Party provides support for Charlotte mayoral candidate Peacock

October 9, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Republican Party, with financial support from the national party, has hired five field organizers in Charlotte to identify voters and get them to the polls to support Republican mayoral candidate Edwin Peacock. Volunteers have been recruited to make phone calls and knock on doors in the city where just 23 percent of registered voters are Republican.

State WIC program runs out of money due to federal shutdown

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, North Carolina has run out of funding for the national WIC program, which provides food and nutritional benefits to women and children under 5 living near or under the povery line. About 80 percent of the 264,000 enrolled in the program have already received benefits for October and will not be immediately affected.